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Why has my computer been locked? Is it this ransomware virus I've heard about?

Posted by Timothy Taylor on Wed, Jul 20, 2016

Why has my computer been locked?

   You’re working on your computer and an oddly worded message pops up with the words “Your computer has been locked”! After having a short panic attack you’re scared to read on but more importantly you don’t know what you should do next.

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Tags: Backing Up, Malware Prevention, Data Backup, ransomware

Pros & Cons of Free Vs Paid Antivirus Software

Posted by Chris Allard on Mon, Mar 16, 2015

The complicated, and sometimes dangerous world of the internet means that is makes very good sense for you to invest in some type of virus protection software. There are many companies offering a myriad of solutions that will help you keep your PC or laptop free of dangerous viruses, that are so prevalent on the internet. Some are free and some paid for; so it is important to consider the values of both.

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Tags: Antivirus, Malware Prevention, antivirus software

Computer Repair And Malware Prevention With Online Tech Support

Posted by Henry Dallow on Fri, Oct 17, 2014

What To Expect When Expecting (Remote Customer Support) We should all be so lucky to be able to have some type of remote tech support for our PCs. Luckily there's OnBoard Support. This is a great IT solution handled by computer experts who pride themselves in the level of professionalism in computer repair and privacy policy implementation. Let me tell you what OnBoard Support can do:

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Tags: How to Speed up a Computer, Computer Repair, Malware Prevention, Online Support, Remote Support

Going On Vacation? Don't Forget Your Antivirus.

Posted by Henry Dallow on Fri, Jul 18, 2014


The Nuclear Exploit Kit

Recently there has been a new piece of malicious code floating around otherwise known as the Nuclear exploit kit. This kit has been deployed by a number of travel websites that have been compromised. It was discovered by security researchers Proofpoint after customers had received promotional emails from legitimate businesses whose emails they had signed up to receive. These emails contained links to the infected websites.

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Tags: email, Virus, Browser Hijacking, Security, Malware Prevention

4 Ways to Keep your Computer Safe from Viruses

Posted by Henry Dallow on Tue, Dec 10, 2013

4 Ways to Keep Your Computer Safe from Viruses

If you are anything like many of our customers at Northampton Computer Repair, you worry a lot about your computer catching a nasty virus. While it’s true that the internet is full of viral menace, it doesn’t have to feel like an overwhelming or unavoidable thing. There are things that you as a user should do to reduce your chances of contracting a virus on your home computer or laptop – or rather, things that you should not do.

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Tags: Computer Protection, Safe Practices, email, Virus, Security, Malware Prevention, Computer, virus alert

How Do I set Up a Computer Backup Plan

Posted by Serges LaRiviere on Thu, Sep 13, 2012

Ok, we’ve all heard it a million times before, backup your data on a regular schedule so if you have a system meltdown you can restore all of your files but how many of us are not doing it. Maybe we do it once a month or maybe never, believe it or not I know personnel friends that have never backed up their computer, no kidding. We've already covered some of the basics of backups before, but today we'll go over how to use Windows 7's built in back up program to keep your data protected.

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Tags: external hard drives, flash drives, Windows Tips, Security, Malware Prevention, Windows 7, Data Backup

Is this link safe?

Posted by Serges LaRiviere on Tue, Apr 10, 2012


No matter what level of security software you have installed on your computer, it can’t protect you from the headaches you’ll encounter if you click on an unsafe link. These links will appear to be shortcuts to funny videos, shocking news stories, awesome deals, or “Like” buttons, but are really designed to steal your personal information or hijack your computer. You can also get these links from friends who can unknowingly pass on unsafe links in emails, Facebook posts, and instant messages. These links are also found on websites in ads and search results. Here are some ways you can check to see if these links are safe to open or not.

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Tags: Keeping your PC working, Viruses, online safety, Scams, PC Tips & Tricks, Protection, Fake Antivirus, PC tips, email, Security, Malware Prevention